We all have differing tastes and we each have our favorite TV shows, musicians, news channels, cartoons and so on and so forth. As we do live in a real and unfortunately imperfect world where things are bound to go wrong, we sometimes miss our favorite TV shows or programmers. Other times we simply want to see some music video we like and other times something funny might tickle our fancy and so we head off to the wonderful world of Youtube (now owned by Google).
Funny videos, music videos, TV shows, vlogs, football or any other sports clips, people doing crazy things or maybe even something serious like a documentary. Or perhaps you might just want to share a home video, in any case you can share and view videos on Youtube. The sheer volume of videos on Youtube means that there is always something for everyone. All this has meant that there is also a great demand for programs that allow you to download the videos off Free Youtube, because for one thing you do not want to have to search for it all over again and for another your Internet bandwidth might not be enough to allow you to stream the video seamlessly (that is without any stopping while it is buffering). Some people simply believe that with all the copyright infringement suits Google is involved in due to Youtube, their favorite videos might be removed and so they wish to keep a copy for safety’s sake on their hard drives. In any case no matter what the reason, if you want to know how to download a Youtube video free, we offer you a selection of sites that will let you do so without having to install any software prior. Keep in mind that all these sites that allow you to capture, download, convert or save Youtube videos and clips are free to use (however terms and conditions apply).
Download Youtube Videos is a site that is fairly simple. All you have to do is enter the URL of your video clip, music video, etc of choice and click download. Then on the next page simply follow the instructions. There are no options to convert to any other format than FLV. This site involves renaming the file of the Youtube video or clip when you are saving it so be sure to follow the instructions. This site is best used with Internet Explorer.
Farkie is another site that allows you to download Youtube videos or clips. Farkie does have a few options in the file conversion format. You can choose to save the Youtube video as an MP3, AVI, WMV, WAV, MOV or FLV file. So if you want to download music only, Farkie can make it happen. Furthermore Farkie is very easy on the eyes, the site design is well done and instructions are clear and easy to follow. If you use Firefox, you might also like to get the Farkie addon. There is even a video tutorial for anyone who prefers to watching over reading.
KeepVid is another simple site. Simply enter the link of your favored clip or video and you will get the option to Free download it as an FLV file (low quality) or an MP4 file (high quality). This site also involves renaming the file and so be sure to do that or follow the instructions. If you are a Firefox user, there is a very handy link that you can drag to your links bar and whenever you are watching a video or music clip that you would like to Free download, simply click it and you will be redirected to the KeepVid Youtube video download page and so not have to enter the link of the video.
VideoDownloadX.com is another website that is easy on the eyes. This site allows you to download Free Youtube files in the FLV format directly or if you wish to convert it then you have the following formats available: 3GP, AAC, AC3, AVI, FLAC, iPhone, iPod, MOV, MP4, MP3, OGG and WAV. Furthermore in order to facilitate you, VideoDownloadX.com requires your e-mail address so that they can mail you the link when your Youtube clip or video has been converted. This is to avoid making you wait while other people are having their Youtube videos converted. In addition to that, VideoDownloadX offers the same Firefox feature as KeepVid, that is when watching a Youtube video or music clip that you would like to download simply click on the link to get to the download page directly.
Download Youtube Videos is another site with few feature, simply insert the URL of your favored Youtube music video, funny video, vlog, clip, etc and click download. On the next page, follow instructions that tell you how to rename the file to successfully Free download the video. This website also offers an Internet Explorer plug-in that allows you to download Free Youtube video or clip directly without having to copy-paste the URL.
Youtube Catcher is a website that has a red theme at the moment. Some people may dislike this, especially if they use their computers in dark, poorly lit areas which may lead to such a theme being glaring on the eyes. The advertisements too are very prominent, however all this is offset by Youtube Catcher’s support for sites other than Youtube. This means that you can download free video clips or movies from sites like: Google Video, MySpace Video, DailyMotion, Metacafe, Break.com, Blip.tv, Spike, MyVideo.de, YourFileHost, zippyvideos.com, yikers.com, vimeo.com and others. For a full list see the site. The downloading part of the site is fairly straightforward. Enter the URL of your music video, movie clip of choice and click download . Then right click and ‘save target as’ (for Internet Explorer) or ‘save link as’ (for Firefox) and rename the video with the extension .flv to successfully download.
VConversion is another online resource that allows you to download free Youtube videos and clips. Simply enter the web URL into the box and select the format of your choice from a given list. These formats include WMV, MPG, MOV, MP4, 3GP, MP3, WAV and FLV. The website most helpfully identifies the media on which the file format is most likely to be used. For example MOV for Mac or 3GP for mobile phones.
Video Downloader is an absolutely no-nonsense, simple, easy to use website. There are no advertisements, in fact the only thing available other than the box in which to input your Youtube clip URL are instructions on how to save Youtube video. There are two formats available which you can use, they are MP4 and 3GP. We find that this is one of the simplest and easiest sites to use, besides being very elegant, and would recommend it highly if you wish to download a clip, music video, funny video, vlog, or any other movie from Youtube.
Video Downloader is a very useful site if you want to download free clips, videos or movies from sites other than and inclusive of Youtube. For a full list of sites supported go to the website. The downloading process is fairly simple, enter the URL of your Youtube or other sites’ movie, clip or video of choice and click download. You will then have the option to save the file as an FLV or MP4 and make sure you follow the instructions to download successfully. There is also a very handy addon for Mozilla Firefox and a video that shows you how to use it and its features.
Youtube Downloader is a basic site with a very bad design we are sorry to say. To download enter the URL of your Youtube video or clip into the box and click download. Its a very shady looking site and we would hardly recommend this as first choice.
ZamZar is a very useful site, not just to download free Youtube videos tool but also to convert files on your PC into a format of your choice, and there is a lot of choice including: 3GP, 3G2, AAC, AC3, AVI, FLAC, FLV, GIF, iPhone, iPod, MP3, MOV, MP4, MPG, OGG, WAV and WMV. ZamZar also supports download and conversion of videos, clips and movies from sites other than Youtube (for list of supported sites see the website). There is also a browser button for FireFox that you can use to make things even simpler, very similar to the ones available at VideoDownloadX and KeepVid.
YouTubia is a slightly different site than all the others mentioned so far. On Youtubia.com you cannot download a Youtube video directly by entering a URL, instead you can search for videos on the site and then download a Youtube clip of your choice. The site design is simple and the website itself is easy to use. A nice concept that shows that there is innovation in the world.
Media Converter is a very nicely designed and classy site that looks almost like your Mac OS X desktop. Unfortunately, you can only make 4 uses before you are required to sign up. The conversion options are plenty and almost every audio and video format is available for use, you can even set advanced options. In addition to downloading and converting Youtube files you can also upload and convert files from your hard drive. You can browse Youtube on the site and there is even a FireFox addon that you can install. All in all a very functional site with good aesthetics. Fairly easy to use and lots of options available, however the sign-up is an annoyance.
vixy.net is a very useful site that also has a desktop version available for both Windows and Macintosh OS X. To download free youtube video tool simply enter the URL of your clip or movie of choice into the box provided and select a format. The formats that are available include AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP and an audio only MP3 format. All in all a very simple but highly functional website.
Admittedly there are some drawbacks to using an online source to download the video because it means that if your Internet is disconnected or your computer restarts for any reason anytime during the conversion process (almost all these sites convert the Youtube video into the FLV format or some other format of your choice depending on the options available) then you will have to start all over again. This is even before the actual downloading begins.
However the chances of such things happening are relatively small and these are in any case minor annoyances more than anything else and so we continue to use this online resources, with great satisfaction one might add.